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zoot suits

bizarre outfits with the “reet pleats” (1940s). [Am. Hist.: Sann, 275]
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Unlike the negative contemporary newspaper coverage of the zoot suit riots, the 1957 Broadway musical West Side Story treated Puerto Ricans, internal migrants of sorts because of the American domination of Puerto Rico, as assimilable.
Pagan canvassed the available evidence, including later events such as the Zoot Suit riots in which U.
If you're interested in zoot suits, you're going to go through us," Pena says.
The girls wore long skirts that ballooned as they twisted and turned on the dance floor and the men really dressed up in the smart zoot suits characterised by people like Glenn Miller.
Cherry Poppin' Daddies' newest album, Zoot Suit Riot, includes lyrics that would be right at home on a grunge album.
Originally from Chicago, The Chi-Lites (say SHY-Lites) used their intermediate, pre-intermission position on the triple bill to good advantage as the group's members (Marshall Thompson, Frank Reed, and Robert "Squirrel" Lester) trucked on out to the stage dressed in what looked like black zoot suits and black fedoras with white headbands while singing 1970's "(For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People," the group's first hit.
Melly, who died last year aged 80, became the face of the Brecon Jazz Festival with his jaunty fedora and flamboyant zoot suits.
Anyone who thought the Cherry Poppin' Daddies had let their zoot suits fall into a crumpled heap in their closets was only partially correct.
His trademarks were zoot suits, fedora hats and ties that could seriously damage your eyesight.
3, the Los Angeles Evening Herald & Express put the ``Sleepy Hollow Lagoon Murder'' on its front page with banner headlines warning about the growing threat of Mexican street gangs in their zoot suits.
The following year, the name was changed to Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die with clothing for rock music fans, with zips and chains and Zoot suits.
9) Furthermore, the absence of Japanese Americans, the horrifying suddenness of their relocation and int ernment, and the vicious beatings of young Mexican Americans sporting zoot suits underscore the inherent contradictions of the American Dream.